Chihuahua to move seat of state government to war zone

Chihuahua Governor Reyes Baeza (PRI) said he was issuing a call to move the legal seat of the three branches of state government to Juárez from Chihuahua for as long as necessary until the city’s violence is brought under control.  He demanded that the federal government provide another Ps. 3 billion in assistance to the state and called on President Calderón to come to Juárez to visit first hand the families of the victims. PAN party president César Nava called Reyes Baeza’s action “pure progaganda” and “illegal.” According to Reforma’s tally, there were 2,082 gang killings in Chihuahua in 2009, mostly in Juárez, and another 228 in the first five weeks of 2009. (Universal 2/7, 2/8, Reforma 2/7)

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